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hi  today  ive  been told  i have  COPD     im  seeing   a  doctor  on monday,  to  discuss  it  all   and  hopefully  get  some medication.    im  looking  to learn  as much  as  i  can  about  this.      thanks for listening   julie   x

 

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    Hi Julie:  Be sure to write down all of your questions that you will have for your doctor.  On my first appointment with my Pulmonary Specialist, I did not do that and had MANY questions afterwards.  My heart and prayers are with you....let us know how your appointment goes.  Hugs
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      hiya  sandy  thanks  for  that    im only  seeing  my  own  gp  on monday.  i  never  thought   about  been refered  to  see  anyone  else.   i  will  deffo  let  you know  what  he  prescribes   and  what  he  says.    thanks   love  julie  xxxxxx

       

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      If it is mild enough Julie they may not prescribe anything or just a blue inhaler (reliever) which would be a good thing as a lot of the things they prescribe have side effects so hopefully not anything else.
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    What tests did they do that show COPD? Did you ever smoke, live with a smoker or work in a bad environment (dust, chemicals etc)? I ask because normally if one had COPD you see a pulmonologist. Also do you have any symptoms?,

    Read up about it on this site and under no circumstances should you google it. That way lies fear & craziness, so to speak.

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      hi  thank you  for  your  comments.    i have chest  pain  and  breathless  on  excerstion.   now  i had  a  heart  attack in 2015   so   theyve  been thinking  it  was  angina  now  ive  was in hospital   4  weeks  ago.  this  is when  they  realised    it  could  be  my lungs.   anyway  i had the  spirometery  test  you  know the  puffing  test thing  done.   and  COPD  has  been mentioned.     im  seeing  my  GP  on monday  afternoon,    so  i  hopefully  will  get  sorted  out.   ive been so  poorly now  for  weeks on  end.    thank you so much  for  your  help   love  and  best wishes  to  you  julie   xxxxxxxxxxxx

       

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    Hi again Julie....I agree 100% with aitarg......do NOT Google COPD....it just promotes unnecessary fear. If you haven't yet seen a doctor, don't even think about someone giving you a diagnosis. I wish I had been warned about Google and misinformation that when I was first diagnosed. This is a great site with lots of support.

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      hiya  sandy  thank you for that.     i  wont  worry,   i  see  GP  monday  so   he  should  sort me  with meds.    ive  been so  bad with chest pain  and  breathing   when  i  exert  my  self.    i  had  a  heart  attack 2015  so   that  the  road  they  have  been  going  down  i  was  recently  in hospital   for this.     this  is  when  they  realised  the problem  could  be  my  lungs.   to  be  honest  im  just  glad to know  what  wrong  with  me.   thank you  so  much for  your  comments   lots  of  love   julie  xxxxxxxxxxxx
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    My heart just goes out particularly to those that are newly diagnosed with COPD.  Just the sound of it is scary.  I have received SO much insight and comfort from the others on this website.  There is so much that can be done now to make the disease easier to handle and to accept.  Thank you to ALL participants....we need to stick together!   XOX to all
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      Yes we need to stick together for sure.  I too looked up emphysema and thought I had 2-5 years left.  Once I found this site, I felt much better.  I am so thankful to those who responded to me with such kindness and supportive messages.  The information was significant and made me feel relieved that I was in fact going to be around for a long time 😊

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    Hi Julie

    If 'they' are not sure if it is your heart or lungs perhaps you should ask for a referral to a respiratory consultant at the hospital, they you will be properly assessed regarding your lungs and cardiac scans.   Especially if you have been poorly for a long time.

    You can learn a tremendous amount about COPD and how to manage it best by GP referral to a Pulmonary Rehabilitation course.  Also information on the British Lung Foundation website into/links from this page link:

    https://www.blf.org.uk/

    Hope you get sorted and soon are breathing easier.

    Best wishes V

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      hiya  thank  you  for  your  comments,    all the  tests  on my heart  are  fine   i have  a  stent  fitted     which  was  all fine   not  blocked.    so  they  know  its  my  lungs.     i  see  my  GP  tomorrow   so  i  will be  able  to  talk  to him   and  see  what  meds   hes  going  to prescribe.  ive  got  some  leaflets  coming  from the  british  lung  foundation.  i  appreciate   what  youve  said  thank  you  julie    
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